Students warned of TB exposure

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SAN DIEGO — Someone at San Diego Continuing Education’s Mid-City campus was diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have exposed students and staffers, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Tuesday.

LungDiseaseAt issue is the time period Sept. 4 through Nov. 4, the HHSA reported. Free testing for students who may have been exposed is set for Jan. 14 on the campus at 3792 Fairmont Ave.

“Tuberculosis usually requires many hours of close indoor contact to spread to others, and most people who are exposed do not develop the disease,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. “Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss.”

She said TB can be cured with medication, making it important to identify those who have been exposed.

The case is one of 184 confirmed in 2013, according to the HHSA, which said it was looking at other possible TB infections. In 2012, the agency logged 234 cases.

No TB cases have been reported so far this year.

More information about the potential exposure is available by calling the county of San Diego TB Program at 619-692-8621.